Skip Navigation

Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-9 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-7 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or I have a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I completed requirements of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering and have 1 year of appropriate professional experience which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  5. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 3.Select the following response(s) that best describe your experience and education in engineering.
  1. I do not have experience in this field.
  2. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  3. I have a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  4. I have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your experience performing testing, research, and mixture proportioning for the following:
  1. Concrete
  2. Roller Compacted Concrete
  3. Soil Cement
  4. Alkali – Silica Reaction
  5. Sulfate Durability
  6. Physical Properties Testing
  7. Mass Concrete
  8. Freeze-thaw Durability
  9. Metals
  10. None of the Above


* 5.Select the response(s) that best describes your ability to identify and evaluate concrete performance requirements.
  1. I have provided advice and guidance on concrete and or concrete repair.
  2. I have conducted or directed condition assessment evaluations on concrete structures to determine causes and extent of deterioration.
  3. I have developed concrete mixtures which have a unique physical properties to resolve specific design or construction requirements.
  4. I have developed concrete mixtures to evaluate durability issues.
  5. I have developed specifications for construction.
  6. I have researched on concrete and concrete repair.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience in applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices associated with concrete, concrete making materials, repair of mass concrete structures, and grouting for water resources infrastructure.
  1. I have analyzed field conditions and service performance requirements and recommended effective and appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for new construction and maintenance and repair of existing structures.
  2. I have identified causes for concrete durability problems, identified and evaluated alternatives for remedial measures which may include both standard procedures and state of the art technology.
  3. I have performed laboratory research which includes concrete materials testing, evaluation and testing of concrete repair materials, concrete mixing proportioning investigations, testing the properties of fresh concrete, and evaluations of the properties of hardened concrete.
  4. I have performed materials sampling and inspection, review of concrete quality control and compliance with specifications, assessment of the condition of concrete infrastructure, development and review of construction specifications for concrete construction and concrete repair.
  5. I have served as the Senior Engineer in concrete technology in the design, constructon, maintenence, and repair of concrete structures.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience in the application of standards for concrete, including various national design standards such as American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM).
  1. I have been involved in the writing of national standards for ACI, ASTM.
  2. I have conducted formal presentations at either ACI or ASTM.
  3. I have provided technical advice to other on the proper usage of design standards.
  4. I have used ACI and ASTM standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your direct work and/or supervisory experience.
  1. Mass concrete design or evaluation
  2. Evaluation of structural condition
  3. Concrete design or evaluation for hydraulic structures
  4. Geotextiles and geosynthetics
  5. Coatings including submerged environments
  6. Corrosion mitigation
  7. Cathodic protection
  8. Materials testing
  9. Plastic and irrigation pipe
  10. Soils or geotechnical materials and applications
  11. Structural testing in field applications
  12. Materials science
  13. Analysis techniques and providing input for analysis
  14. Scaled structural testing
  15. Specification preparation
  16. Contract award, review and approval and monitoring
  17. Research applications
  18. None of the above


* 9.Select all the responses that best reflect your experience giving oral presentations on concrete and concrete making materials.
  1. I have taught a semester long class on concrete and concrete making materials at a university.
  2. I have taught a short course on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials.
  3. I have given lectures on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials.
  4. I have given presentations on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials at a symposium or conference.
  5. I have taken classes on professional presentations.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Select the statement below that best describes your writing ability.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  4. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by upper management to help resolve organizational issues.
  5. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  6. I have authored original reports as well as reviewed and edited technical and non-technical reports prepared by others.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Select all responses that describe your experience with budget processing and budget formulation.
  1. I have formulated and tracked budgets, monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for the design and construction of large and or complex water projects.
  2. I have formulated and tracked budgets,monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for projects.
  3. I have evaluated resources requiring task accomplishment and estimated corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, overhead, etc.
  4. I have developed and used work plans and activity plans using budget processes.
  5. I have monitored expenditures and tracked accomplishments.
  6. I am familiar with budget processes or work plans.
  7. None of the above


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.


* 3.Select the following response(s) that best describe your experience and education in engineering.
  1. I do not have experience in this field.
  2. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  3. I have a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  4. I have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your experience performing testing, research, and mixture proportioning for the following:
  1. Concrete
  2. Roller Compacted Concrete
  3. Soil Cement
  4. Alkali – Silica Reaction
  5. Sulfate Durability
  6. Physical Properties Testing
  7. Mass Concrete
  8. Freeze-thaw Durability
  9. Metals
  10. None of the Above


* 5.Select the response(s) that best describes your ability to identify and evaluate concrete performance requirements.
  1. I have provided advice and guidance on concrete and or concrete repair.
  2. I have conducted or directed condition assessment evaluations on concrete structures to determine causes and extent of deterioration.
  3. I have developed concrete mixtures which have a unique physical properties to resolve specific design or construction requirements.
  4. I have developed concrete mixtures to evaluate durability issues.
  5. I have developed specifications for construction.
  6. I have researched on concrete and concrete repair.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience in applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices associated with concrete, concrete making materials, repair of mass concrete structures, and grouting for water resources infrastructure.
  1. I have analyzed field conditions and service performance requirements and recommended effective and appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for new construction and maintenance and repair of existing structures.
  2. I have identified causes for concrete durability problems, identified and evaluated alternatives for remedial measures which may include both standard procedures and state of the art technology.
  3. I have performed laboratory research which includes concrete materials testing, evaluation and testing of concrete repair materials, concrete mixing proportioning investigations, testing the properties of fresh concrete, and evaluations of the properties of hardened concrete.
  4. I have performed materials sampling and inspection, review of concrete quality control and compliance with specifications, assessment of the condition of concrete infrastructure, development and review of construction specifications for concrete construction and concrete repair.
  5. I have served as the Senior Engineer in concrete technology in the design, constructon, maintenence, and repair of concrete structures.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience in the application of standards for concrete, including various national design standards such as American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM).
  1. I have been involved in the writing of national standards for ACI, ASTM.
  2. I have conducted formal presentations at either ACI or ASTM.
  3. I have provided technical advice to other on the proper usage of design standards.
  4. I have used ACI and ASTM standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your direct work and/or supervisory experience.
  1. Mass concrete design or evaluation
  2. Evaluation of structural condition
  3. Concrete design or evaluation for hydraulic structures
  4. Geotextiles and geosynthetics
  5. Coatings including submerged environments
  6. Corrosion mitigation
  7. Cathodic protection
  8. Materials testing
  9. Plastic and irrigation pipe
  10. Soils or geotechnical materials and applications
  11. Structural testing in field applications
  12. Materials science
  13. Analysis techniques and providing input for analysis
  14. Scaled structural testing
  15. Specification preparation
  16. Contract award, review and approval and monitoring
  17. Research applications
  18. None of the above


* 9.Select all the responses that best reflect your experience giving oral presentations on concrete and concrete making materials.
  1. I have taught a semester long class on concrete and concrete making materials at a university.
  2. I have taught a short course on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials.
  3. I have given lectures on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials.
  4. I have given presentations on aspects of concrete and concrete making materials at a symposium or conference.
  5. I have taken classes on professional presentations.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Select the statement below that best describes your writing ability.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  4. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by upper management to help resolve organizational issues.
  5. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  6. I have authored original reports as well as reviewed and edited technical and non-technical reports prepared by others.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Select all responses that describe your experience with budget processing and budget formulation.
  1. I have formulated and tracked budgets, monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for the design and construction of large and or complex water projects.
  2. I have formulated and tracked budgets,monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for projects.
  3. I have evaluated resources requiring task accomplishment and estimated corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, overhead, etc.
  4. I have developed and used work plans and activity plans using budget processes.
  5. I have monitored expenditures and tracked accomplishments.
  6. I am familiar with budget processes or work plans.
  7. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

* 2.Are you a disabled veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

* 3.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).